A free day of engaging and accessible events exploring a diverse range of twentieth-century British music united by a focus on melody.
Dip in and out of the events with your free ticket, and enjoy the afternoon concert for only £5 or FREE to Leeds College of Music / Leeds-based music students with discount code LEEDSSTUDENT and student ID on the day.
11:30–13:00 – Open Rehearsal followed by Q&A
Watch and listen to Dark Inventions rehearse repertoire for the evening concert. Find out how an ensemble tackles this challenging music, with a chance to ask the players questions at 12:45.
13:00–13:45 – Free lunch to ticket holders
Your free ticket gets you a free lunch.
13:45–15:00 – Unlocking the music
Martin Scheuregger (University of York) explores how this music is constructed and how we might understand it as listeners. By taking apart individual pieces with live examples from Dark Inventions, you will get an insight into the fascinating inner workings of the music.
15:15–16:15 – Roundtable discussion
A panel of composers and musicians share their thoughts on how this music is written and what we can get out of it as listeners.
16:15–17:15 – Hands-on with British music
Scores and resources related to British music will be on display for you to browse. There will also be the opportunity to provide feedback and comments on the day’s activities.
17:30–19:30 – Concert
Dark Inventions perform an eclectic programme of British music, including pieces explored during the day. Melody is seen in many forms in this exciting collection of works.
Dark Inventions (1992) – Philip Cashian – 15’
Court Studies from The Tempest (2005) – Thomas Adès – 8’
Visiones – after Goya (2015) – Martin Suckling – 14’
Rat-race (2000) – Alison Kay – 6’
Cimmerian Nocturne (1978-79) – Philip Grange – 16’
Blue Green Hill (2012) – Judith Weir – 12’
Backslap Boobytrap (2012) – Colin Riley – 8’
From Score to Sound is delivered in partnership with Dark Inventions and Sound and Music (the UK’s charity for new music), with music chosen from the British Music Collection. The Contemporary Music Research Centre at the University of York are facilitating the project through funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.